Robert "Buddy" Battle III and Marion Battle Papers

Accession Number: 
LP001801
Userestrict: 
Researchers must sign a restricted use form. See guide for details.
Extent: 
2 linear feet (2 SB)
Date: 
1948-1993

Buddy Battle was elected to a number of positions in UAW Local 600, culminating in his election as director of Region 1A. He helped set up the union's Foundry Wage and Hour Council in 1946. He served on the UAW Ford national negotiating committee in 1967, 1970 and 1973. Battle, with Horace Sheffield and others, formed the Trade Union Leadership Council, which became the nucleus of the national Negro American Labor Council. He was also active in politics and helped to elect Detroit's first black City Council member, William Patrick, and its first black mayor, Coleman Young.

Marion McClellan Battle was the former wife of Coleman Young. An employee of the Rouge Employees Federal Credit Union, she served for many years as secretary-treasurer of Office Employees International Union Local 42.

The Robert "Buddy" Battle III and Marion Battle Collection consists of correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, flyers, grievances, publications, press coverage and other material related to their careers in the labor movement and Detroit politics.

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